Would you pay this for a Cadillac ATS-V convertible?
Cadillac still doesn't have a convertible in its current lineup, despite BMW, Audi, and Mercedes offering droptops. At one point, Cadillac was considering building a new convertible based on the same platform as the CTS and ATS sedans to rival the BMW 4 Series Convertible, but these plans were ultimately scrapped.
It's a shame because Cadillac has a history of building convertibles like the XLR. To fill the void, a Cadillac dealership in Naperville, Chicago, is selling a custom ATS-V with the roof chopped off - but there are a few drawbacks.
Built by Convertible Builders LLC, the project started out as 2007 Cadillac ATS-V finished in Crystal White Tricoat with a Jet Black interior before its fixed roof was replaced with a folding fabric soft-top. It also only has 180 miles on the clock.
While the conversion looks professionally done and hasn't compromised the car's practicality since passengers can still use the back seats, removing the roof hasn't enhanced the ATS-V's looks. The reinforcement required for the chassis to increase rigidity would have also added a lot of weight so the handling has probably suffered as a result.
Then there's the pricing. Cadillac of Naperville is listing the custom Cadillac ATS-V convertible for sale for a whopping $99,000 - that's around $35,000 more than a brand new ATS-V Coupe would have set you back, which seems steep. You could buy a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible for much less, which starts at $66,400.
Like the regular fixed-roof model, the custom ATS-V convertible is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 that produces 464 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic, although the car came with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. 0-62 mph takes 3.8 seconds before the ATS-V tops out at 189 mph. The original owner also specced out the ATS-V for sale with a 12-speaker Bose sound system and optional carbon fiber package.